Here's where the critics ate this week.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS -- Leslie Brenner would like very much to enjoy the painterly plates of Pyramid Restaurant's André Natera in a glass pyramid atop the Fairmont Hotel instead of inside the "deadly dull" dining room that does nothing to spotlight dishes like the "intense and gentle" baby-beet salad. Or the "adorable sushilike rolls" that "celebrate the humble carrot." So, Fairmont peeps? Get on that. Yesterday.
DALLAS OBSERVER -- At Meso Maya -- where Nancy Nichols found deep, deep hatred just a few weeks ago -- Scott "Hipster Dreamboat" Reitz found the "Hands of God." Looks like it was the "gutsy" peppadew relleno-marbles, the "damn beautiful" handmade tortillas of "working people," and the lust-tinged salsa that really won him over.
D MAGAZINE -- In one of her "shorty" reviews, Nancy Nichols proclaims she'd drive through yet another rainstorm to eat Zato's Panang curry again. Not so for the miserable cashew chicken. We found it more interesting that she has a friend in Pennsylvania "who comes to Dallas twice a year to eat." Seems like such a long trip, and an even longer fast in between visits.
DFW.COM -- Malcolm Mayhew tucked into the comfort food of Kemp's Bar & Grill in Hurst. With a nod to the name, he points out the lack of "bar" food, but says an actual bar is permit-pending. The burgers and chicken-fried specials, however, are ample and make better impression than the leftover Mexican restaurant decor on the walls.
[Photo: Meso Maya/Facebook]